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Understanding the Psychology of Interactive Design: An Introduction for Technical Communicators

  • Presentation
  • User Experience
  • Prof. Dr. Kirk St.Amant

    Prof. Dr. Kirk St.Amant

    • Louisiana Tech University

Takeaways

Our interactions with technologies -- from texts to interfaces -- are guided by subconscious processes initiated by an item's design. The better technical communicators understand such psychological processes, the better they can create usable interactive designs. This presentation introduces attendees to the psychology of interactive design and presents methods for applying this understanding to design and communication practices.

Content

The psychological processes affecting how individuals interact with products and how to identify and desing for such factors when creating technical communication products.

Prior knowledge

No prior knowledge of topic needed.

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Kirk St.Amant

Prof. Dr. Kirk St.Amant

  • Louisiana Tech University
Biography

Kirk St.Amant is the Eunice C. Williamson Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University as well as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Limerick and a Research Fellow with the University of Strasbourg. He researches how cognition affects usability and design.